Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester Travel through time! From horsebus to Metrolink... the story of Greater Manchester's public transport
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If you fancy a really interesting, unusual and enjoyable day out, why not pay a visit to the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester? It's just like taking a trip back in time as you wander through one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. Your amazing time-travelling journey will take you all the way from an elaborately painted Victorian open-top horse drawn bus,

to the streamlined prototype of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram. In between you'll be able to see and sit in fascinating vehicles that range from early trams, trolley buses and even the 'charras' that took Greater Manchester folk on their outings to the coast and countryside. The museum is located within a genuine bus garage and features transport offices preserved like time capsules from the past, complete with original decor and furniture. There are also lots of smaller memory-joggers like old ticket machines, uniforms, timetables and photographs.

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to St Anne's Square, watching airport express buses waiting to set off. In those...
07/12/2023

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to St Anne's Square, watching airport express buses waiting to set off. In those days, passengers checked in at the airline's office (they were mainly in this area) then their baggage was loaded into the large boot, they'd board and the bus would drop them at the aeroplane steps. This bus was going to Ringway, serving a flight to the Channel Islands - it wasn't about to set off for St Helier!

Are you a car club organiser, theatre group lead etc? Looking for a quirky, historic indoor venue to hold your event? Ha...
05/12/2023

Are you a car club organiser, theatre group lead etc? Looking for a quirky, historic indoor venue to hold your event? Have a chat to us, we've hosted all sorts over the years - even ghost hunters! For more details drop a line to [email protected]

This week's 'Mystery Monday' pic would have been easy, except our studio has rather cheekily rubbed out the destination ...
04/12/2023

This week's 'Mystery Monday' pic would have been easy, except our studio has rather cheekily rubbed out the destination blind details... so, where is this pleasant scene? Over to you and we'll confirm the answer later.

We're running a FREE heritage bus service today between our Museum, and Shudehill Interchange - every 20 minutes. Come a...
03/12/2023

We're running a FREE heritage bus service today between our Museum, and Shudehill Interchange - every 20 minutes. Come along for a free ride back in time, and come in to browse the stalls at our 'Christmas Cracker' fair and have a hot brew in or legendary tea room.

Please note, due to roadworks our services will stop on Corporation Street on the opposite side of the road compared to the usual one. https://motgm.uk/events-buses.html

Do you collect timetables? Manchester ones? Well, at our Christmas Cracker event this weekend we’ve got thousands for sa...
02/12/2023

Do you collect timetables? Manchester ones? Well, at our Christmas Cracker event this weekend we’ve got thousands for sale, from just 10p - come and see our stand in the lower exhibition hall.

Today and tomorrow we're holding our Christmas Cracker event - sales stalls, free bus rides, Christmas carols and winter...
02/12/2023

Today and tomorrow we're holding our Christmas Cracker event - sales stalls, free bus rides, Christmas carols and winter comfort food. It's a great way to pick up a present for the bus enthusiast in your life (or yourself...) and have a fun day out.

Parking at the museum will be next to impossible, so please plan to come by public transport. You can catch the 135 bus from Manchester, or Metrolink to Queens Road, or catch the free heritage bus service every 20 minutes from Shudehill Interchange (stand E). The heritage service also calls at Queens Road Metrolink (journeys to/from museum only).

But please note, for Corporation Street we’ll serve the stop on the opposite side of the road compared to the usual one. Buses will serve Corporation Street AFTER Shudehill, at 15/35/55 minutes past each hour until 1715.

We know of course, but we’re not saying!
30/11/2023

We know of course, but we’re not saying!

As ever, we're after your best guesses for when and where this was taken... 🤔

Thanks to the oMuseum of Transport, Greater Manchester for this week's great shot. 📷

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Victoria Avenue, Higher Blackley, watching a 'Mancunian' bus on the 60 circul...
30/11/2023

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Victoria Avenue, Higher Blackley, watching a 'Mancunian' bus on the 60 circular service to Manchester. There's still a petrol station at this spot today, but we don't think it offers Green Shield stamps...

Fancy a ride back in time? Come to our 'Christmas Cracker' event this weekend. Free bus services every 20 minutes betwee...
29/11/2023

Fancy a ride back in time? Come to our 'Christmas Cracker' event this weekend. Free bus services every 20 minutes between our museum, Shudehill Interchange (stand E) and Queens Road Metrolink stop (journeys to/from museum only). Timetable here: https://motgm.uk/events-buses.html

Please note, our services will not serve Corporation Street this weekend due to roadworks.

Please come by public transport if you can, parking at the museum will be virtually impossible.

Well, you don't see that very often! Our 1890 horse bus is in the workshop having some TLC in advance of our year of cel...
28/11/2023

Well, you don't see that very often! Our 1890 horse bus is in the workshop having some TLC in advance of our year of celebrations in 2024 to mark 200 years of the bus in Britain. The first UK bus service was in Salford in 1824 and our events next year will be themed around the bicentenary.

We have our fingers crossed, and we've had a couple of useful conversations, that *could* lead to our horse bus being out on the road at least once next year.

This bucolic railway scene is within Greater Manchester - but where? It's over to our armchair detectives to tell us if ...
27/11/2023

This bucolic railway scene is within Greater Manchester - but where? It's over to our armchair detectives to tell us if you think you know. Answer later!

Today, we're having a small ceremony to officially accept bus 612 from its donors Stagecoach Manchester, and thank all t...
26/11/2023

Today, we're having a small ceremony to officially accept bus 612 from its donors Stagecoach Manchester, and thank all the staff who've worked hard to restore her. Then it'll give free rides this afternoon, at 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm. Come down for some millennial nostalgia!

Our 'Saturday Showoff' post brings our collection to you and hopefully tempts you to visit. It's a special one this week...
25/11/2023

Our 'Saturday Showoff' post brings our collection to you and hopefully tempts you to visit. It's a special one this week, it's our 1927 'Karrier' bus Ashton number 8. This photo was taken yesterday at a small ceremony to accept number 8 from Geoff Lumb who spent decades restoring it before passing it to the museum, and to thank the donors who dug deep to raise funds to close the purchase. Thank you donors, and thank you Geoff.

Oh, and when this photo was taken, 8's engine was running and it was moving under its own power.

If you'd like to see Ashton 8 for yourself, visiting details are on our website at https://bit.ly/47sCdiR

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Walmersley, north of Bury, watching a number 37 bus dropping off its last pas...
23/11/2023

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Walmersley, north of Bury, watching a number 37 bus dropping off its last passenger. These imposing Daimler buses were ordered by Bury Corporation but by the time they arrived, SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive had taken over and they were delivered in orange and off-white.

On Sunday, our newest acquisition will give free rides from the Museum to Heaton Park (Grand Lodge) and return, at 2.30p...
22/11/2023

On Sunday, our newest acquisition will give free rides from the Museum to Heaton Park (Grand Lodge) and return, at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. We're grateful to our friends at Stagecoach Manchester for donating and restoring 612, they've done a fantastic job and it looks the part.

We're looking forward to welcoming the Stagecoach team that was behind the project to our museum on Sunday morning for a short handover presentation. And they've promised they'll bring a couple of modern buses to highlight the past, present and future. So make a note in your diary, and bring your camera!

21/11/2023

Our fab new display on the history of collecting fares is now complete, thanks to a bequest from the late Bob Wingrove. It's a fascinating insight into how we've paid for our journeys over the years.

A rather nice station canopy, a Ford Transit and a rather nice coach that's maybe (or maybe not) going to Abergele - but...
20/11/2023

A rather nice station canopy, a Ford Transit and a rather nice coach that's maybe (or maybe not) going to Abergele - but where is it? It's this week's 'Mystery Monday' pic so if you think you know, reply and we'll confirm the answer later.

This week is   and the message from this wartime Fougasse poster is as relevant today as it was eighty years ago... Plea...
19/11/2023

This week is and the message from this wartime Fougasse poster is as relevant today as it was eighty years ago... Please take care!

Our 'Saturday Showoff' brings our collection to you and hopefully tempts you to visit. This week it's Manchester 3245, a...
18/11/2023

Our 'Saturday Showoff' brings our collection to you and hopefully tempts you to visit. This week it's Manchester 3245, a rather lovely Leyland built in 1951.

If you'd like to see the real thing, visiting details are at motgm.uk.

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Pin Mill Brow, at the junction of Chancellor Lane and Ashton Old Road looking...
16/11/2023

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Pin Mill Brow, at the junction of Chancellor Lane and Ashton Old Road looking east. You'd be hard-pressed to recognise anything here today, the left of the photo is occupied by a bus shelter and trees.

It's Wednesday, half way through the week, yay! To celebrate let's have a quick caption competition...
15/11/2023

It's Wednesday, half way through the week, yay! To celebrate let's have a quick caption competition...

14/11/2023

It's nearly time for our annual 'Christmas Cracker' event. That means goodies on stalls to buy, pies and cakes in our legendary tea room, and of course free heritage bus rides... Make a note in your diary, Saturday/Sunday 2/3 December.

This week's 'Mystery Monday' pic isn't the hardest we've ever done, but we'll ask anyway - where was this photo taken? W...
13/11/2023

This week's 'Mystery Monday' pic isn't the hardest we've ever done, but we'll ask anyway - where was this photo taken? We'll confirm the answer later.

In 1940, these men spent all day (or night) driving buses and trams, then as members of the Home Guard they spent their ...
12/11/2023

In 1940, these men spent all day (or night) driving buses and trams, then as members of the Home Guard they spent their spare time guarding those buses and trams in their depots. We also remember them.

This is Albert and Eileen Slack, who worked together on the buses through the second world war and helped war workers ge...
11/11/2023

This is Albert and Eileen Slack, who worked together on the buses through the second world war and helped war workers get to the factory. Bert was a driver, Eileen was a conductor and they also served.

We love this photo. And the buildings in the background are fairly unchanged to this day.
09/11/2023

We love this photo. And the buildings in the background are fairly unchanged to this day.

It's Thursday and we're throwing it back again with another lovely bus shot. 🚌

Give us your best guess at the location and date...

The nights are drawing in and the weather is getting glum. So here's a fitting image for this week's 'Throwback Thursday...
09/11/2023

The nights are drawing in and the weather is getting glum. So here's a fitting image for this week's 'Throwback Thursday' pic, a SELNEC bus at Manchester Piccadilly station on a gloomy autumn day.

This is just a reminder that if you're a current employee of TfGM, Metrolink or any bus company that operates stage carr...
07/11/2023

This is just a reminder that if you're a current employee of TfGM, Metrolink or any bus company that operates stage carriage services in Greater Manchester, you get free entry to our museum. Just show your employee pass at the entrance.

This photo was taken on 3rd May 1969, and the time was 3.18 pm; but the question is, where was it? It's this week's 'Mys...
06/11/2023

This photo was taken on 3rd May 1969, and the time was 3.18 pm; but the question is, where was it? It's this week's 'Mystery Monday' pic so if you know, reply below and we'll confirm the answer later.

You don't need a car to visit us - we're close to bus stops and Queens Road Metrolink stop; and places like Bury, Walkde...
05/11/2023

You don't need a car to visit us - we're close to bus stops and Queens Road Metrolink stop; and places like Bury, Walkden, Denton and Sale are all less than an hour's bike ride away. To check your travel options, visit https://tfgm.com/plan-a-journey and set 'Museum of Transport' as your destination.

Our 'Saturday Showoff' this week isn't a bus: it's a letter from Leyland Motors to the head of Oldham Corporation Tramwa...
04/11/2023

Our 'Saturday Showoff' this week isn't a bus: it's a letter from Leyland Motors to the head of Oldham Corporation Tramways in 1925, offering to lend a bus so a bus service along the new Broadway road could commence. It's one of tens of thousands of letters, memos, timetables, plans, maps, photos and other documents in our collection.

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Rassbottom Street, Stalybridge, watching a trolleybus climb silently and effo...
02/11/2023

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to Rassbottom Street, Stalybridge, watching a trolleybus climb silently and effortlessly out of the town (and showing that electric buses are nothing new). Do you remember trolleybuses?

Our online poster shop at https://www.motgmshop.uk/posters has amazing and colourful reproduction transport posters to o...
31/10/2023

Our online poster shop at https://www.motgmshop.uk/posters has amazing and colourful reproduction transport posters to order. You can even have one on a T-shirt! Perfect for a Christmas present for the enthusiast in your life (or yourself...)

A slightly bent bus, a Policeman, a queue of traffic - looks like something unfortunate has happened here. But where is ...
30/10/2023

A slightly bent bus, a Policeman, a queue of traffic - looks like something unfortunate has happened here. But where is it? It's this week's 'Mystery Monday' image, so tell us if you think you know and we'll confirm the answer later.

Stockport 97 has been our open topper for many years - it's carried passengers, a piano, several promoted football teams...
28/10/2023

Stockport 97 has been our open topper for many years - it's carried passengers, a piano, several promoted football teams and it's been to Monte Carlo! But at the moment it's having a well-earned overhaul and it's this week's 'Saturday Showoff' when we bring our collection to you.

If you want to see the real thing, visiting details are at https://motgm.uk

Please help our friends on the Isle of Wight, if you can spare a donation to remedy the devastating flooding that has af...
26/10/2023

Please help our friends on the Isle of Wight, if you can spare a donation to remedy the devastating flooding that has affected them.

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to the disused Manchester Central station, used in the 1970s as a car park. It's...
26/10/2023

'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to the disused Manchester Central station, used in the 1970s as a car park. It's now transformed into the Manchester Central Arena.

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Boyle Street, Cheetham
Manchester
M88UW

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 10am - 4:30pm

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